Spoon rings are widely thought to have originated in England in the 17th century, when people began to make rings from table flatware. Rumour has it that, servants stole from the masters house to make rings from the cutlery. They couldn’t afford to buy engagement rings. Instead, they would steal a piece of flatware from the big house, and shape into into a ring for a marriage proposal.
It came to symbolise love and commitment and also an element of risk. As much of the cutlery was marked with the family crest or initials of the master, arrests were made and people charged with “stealing a silver spoon” or “larceny by a servant”. It’s the criminal records that allow us to track just how far back the spoon ring goes. It has been said that Robin Hood gave his beloved Maid Marian a ring made from a stolen spoon.
Given his penchant of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, this legend is not too hard to believe and truly romantic. The centuries old Welsh custom of giving “love spoons” that orignated in the 15th century shows the symbolic meanings of spoons. Each piece of jewellery is made from an original piece of flatware which shows its date and origin. It may not be perfect but you are wearing a piece of unique history and also recycling.